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Goutal, Kessler, Hughes and Nusz Top the Jumpers at 2012 WIHS

The 2012 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) continued on Thursday with the first day of classes for the Junior Hunters and several International Open Jumper and Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper classes at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.


Onira and Brianne Goutal (Shawn McMillen photo)
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Reed Kessler and Ligist presented the win by sponsor Hollow Creek Farm (Shawn McMillen photo)
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Ligist and Reed Kessler (Shawn McMillen photo)
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Red Hot and Michael Hughes (Shawn McMillen photo)
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Vesuvius and Meagan Nusz (Shawn McMillen photo)

The course designer for the jumpers at WIHS this year is Anthony D’Ambrosio, of Red Hook, NY. The International Open Jumpers had two classes on Thursday, and Brianne Goutal, of New York, NY, rode Remarkable Farms LP’s Onira to victory in the $32,000 International Open Jumper jump-off class. Reed Kessler jumped Ligist to the high score in the $20,000 International Open Jumper Gambler’s Choice Costume class. Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers competed as well with a win for Michael Hughes and Red Hot in the Low division and Meagan Nusz and Vesuvius in the High division.


There were 28 entries in the $32,000 International Open Jumper time first jump-off class, sponsored by AAA Equestrian LLC. Nine entries were able to navigate a clear first round and advanced to the jump-off. Five jumped the short course without fault and the win went to Brianne Goutal and Onira, last to go, with a time of 29.06 seconds.

Paulo Santana (BRA) and Taloubet completed the first clear jump-off round in 32.08 seconds to finish in fourth place.

Christine McCrea (USA) went clear in 29.83 seconds aboard Candy Tribble & Windsor Show Stables’ Wannick WH to place third. Reed Kessler (USA) upped the pace to 29.63 seconds aboard Cylana to eventually finish second. Tim Gredley (GBR) and Unex Competition Yard Ltd.’s Unex Timo IV also jumped clear, and their time of 34.94 seconds placed fifth. The final entry, Brianne Goutal completed the fastest clear round with Onira for the win. Laura Kraut (USA) actually had the fastest time of the jump-off in 28.33 seconds aboard Hi Hopes Farm LLC’s Teirra, but a tough rail at the last jump placed the pair in sixth.


For the win, Goutal and Onira were presented with The Ben O’Meara Memorial Challenge Trophy. Goutal has owned Onira, a 16-year-old KWPN gelding by Nimmerdor x Ramiro, for ten years now, and the pair has been all over the world together. Goutal felt that their great relationship allowed her to really go for the win today.


“He is 16; I bought him at just turning seven and I know him so well,” she stated. “I jumped my first highs on him, I jumped my first Young Riders, Prix des States, Grand Prix, World Cup Finals, 5* horse show, everything first I did with him, so he is so special. I have had him so long that you know where you can make up and take advantage of what you have.”


The riders that had the fastest rounds in the jump-off all completed a tight roll back turn from fence one to two, and Goutal and Onira did one less stride in the turn than everyone else to shave fractions off of the time. 


“He is so amazing; everywhere he goes, you know you have a chance,” Goutal praised. “I don’t think in ten years that I have had him that he has done anything wrong, nothing bad at least.” 


Reed Kessler Wins $20,000 International Open Jumper Gambler’s Choice

The $20,000 International Open Jumper Gambler’s Choice Costume Class, sponsored by Hollow Creek Farm, is always an exciting event at WIHS, especially with Barn Night and thousands of young fans cheering on the riders. In tonight’s class, 18-year-old Reed Kessler, of Lexington, KY, jumped to victory aboard Ligist. The duo earned 860 points over the course and jumped clean over the Joker fence for an additional 200 points. Their 1060 total was the winning score.

Kessler was presented with the Crown Royal Trophy, donated by Crown Royal, as the winning rider, while Ligist, a 12-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding by Levantos II x Robin Z, won The Sue Ann Geisler Memorial Trophy, donated by the Washington International Horse Show, as the winning horse.

Kessler showed in tonight’s costume class as Catwoman, explaining that the idea came from her childhood nickname. “My nickname has always been Reedycat,” she stated. “My middle name is Catherine, so that is what my parents always call me. I figured this was the year to be Catwoman.”

Belgium’s Nicola Philippaerts rode Stal De Kalvarie’s Deibrich De Kalvarie to second place with 980 points dressed as Luigi from the Super Mario Bros. Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam scored 940 points aboard Sweet Oak Farm’s Solerina dressed as a hot dog and finished third.

Sixteen-year-old Michael Hughes, of Allendale, NJ, claimed the win in Thursday’s $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper jump-off class, sponsored by North Star. Twenty-three entries showed in the class, with nine advancing to the jump-off. Hughes and Drumnacross Farm Ltd.’s Red Hot had the fastest of six double clear rounds in 30.543 seconds for the win and were presented with the Beagle Brook Farm Perpetual Trophy.

Anna Cardelfe and Sorensen Stables’ Wenda AK finished in second place after setting the pace in the jump-off at 31.160 seconds. Nicole Lakin and Theodoor finished third in 31.246 seconds.

Commenting on his plan for today’s class, Hughes explained, “I just wanted to have a good, confident ride today because there are two more classes going, so hopefully he will be good the rest of the week.”

“I thought the course was very fair for today,” he added. “It wasn’t as difficult as it will probably be on Saturday, but it was a good first course to go in and get started in the ring here.”

The $5,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper jump-off class, sponsored by Oasis Petroleum, was held during the evening session with a repeat victory for Meagan Nusz, of The Woodlands, TX. Last year, Nusz won the class riding Banana D’Ive Z, and this year she piloted Amalaya Investments’ Vesuvius to victory.

Twenty-three horse and rider combinations contested the class with five entries making it to the jump-off. Chloe Reid and Damascus were first to jump off and went clear in 31.900 seconds over the short course to eventually finish second. Charlotte Jacobs and Deeridge Farms’ Kachina also cleared the course and stopped the clock in 31.971 seconds to earn fourth place. Victoria Colvin and Monsieur Du Reverdy were faster, but had a rail in 30.920 seconds to finish fifth. Gabrielle Bausano went next and cleared the course in 31.957 seconds aboard Ubico H to place third. Last to go, Meagan Nusz and Vesuvius stole the lead, racing through the course in 29.509 seconds for the win.

Nusz is 25 years old and trains with show jumper Kent Farrington. Her horse, Vesuvius, is a ten-year-old KWPN gelding by Numero Uno x Expert. The pair was awarded The “Footloose” Perpetual Trophy in remembrance of Ruth Ellen Wilmot, donated by The Curtin Family, for their win tonight.

Riding in the class during Barn Night, Nusz had a full crowd of horse fans cheering her on as well, which added to the atmosphere and excitement of the win. Nusz acknowledged the fans, throwing her blue ribbon to one of the little girls in the crowd.

“They are so cute! They are screaming for you and yelling for your horse,” Nusz smiled. “I threw my ribbon to one of the girls in the stands because she was so excited and so cute. Hopefully it will be something special for her to remember this by, and hopefully she will come back again next year. It means so much to have that support. The amateur riders don’t always have that same support, and it means so much! I love riding for a big crowd; I love the attention, especially when I win.”

For full results, more information, or to watch the free live feed of the show, please visit http://www.wihs.org

Final Results: $32,000 International Open Jumper TFJO, Sponsored by AAA Equestrian LLC

1 ONIRA BRIANNE GOUTAL USA REMARKABLE FARMS LP: 0/0/29.06

2 CYLANA REED KESSLER USA REED KESSLER: 0/0/29.63

3 WANNICK WH CHRISTINE McCREA USA CANDY TRIBBLE & WINDSOR STABLES: 0/0/29.83

4 TALOUBET PAULO SANTANA BRA PAULO SANTANA: 0/0/32.08

5 UNEX TIMO IV TIM GREDLEY GBR UNEX COMPETITION YARD LTD: 0/0/34.94

6 TEIRRA LAURA KRAUT USA HI HOPES FARM LLC: 0/4/28.33

7 PALM SUNDAY AARON VALE USA AMEN CORNER FARM: 0/4/34.08

8 CARISMA EMILIE MARTINSEN DEN EMILIE MARTINSEN: 0/4/36.80

9 VOYEUR KENT FARRINGTON USA TNT EQUINE PARTNERS LLC: 0/15/46.19

10 VADETTA VH METTEN H NICOLA PHILIPPAERTS BEL FANNY MACHIELS: 4/59.82

11 WALDMAN Z CHARLIE JAYNE USA PONY LANE FARM: 4/59.94

12 CADENCE MEGAN EDRICK USA PROCEDURES, INC: 4/60.09

Final Results: $20,000 International Open Jumper Gambler’s Choice, Sponsored by Hollow Creek Farm

1 LIGIST REED KESSLER USA REED KESSLER: 1060 57.345

2 DIEBRICH DE KALVARIE NICOLA PHILIPPAERTS BEL STAL DE KALVARIE: 980 0.000

3 SOLERINA SHANE SWEETNAM IRL SWEET OAK FARM: 940 56.845

4 VALESKA CHARLIE JAYNE USA PONY LANE FARM: 900 59.304

5 BELMONT LAURA KRAUT USA BEVERLEY WIDDOWSON: 880 0.000

6 UNEX VALVENTE TIM GREDLEY GBR UNEX COMPETITION YARD LTD: 880 57.874

7 X M ANDREW WELLES USA PETER WELLES: 870 58.265

8 VICTOR E CHRISTINE MCCREA USA CANDY TRIBBLE & WINDSOR STABLES: 830 0.000

9 WONDER GIRL LAUREN HOUGH USA LAUREN HOUGH: 730 51.903

10 CHICAGO VH MOLENEINA OLIVIER PHILIPPAERTS BEL LUDO PHILIPPAERTS: 730 59.420

Final Results: $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper TFJO, Sponsored by North Star

1 RED HOT MICHAEL HUGHES DRUMNACROSS FARM LTD: 0/0/30.543

2 WENDA AK ANNA CARDELFE SORENSEN STABLES: 0/0/31.160

3 THEODOOR NICOLE LAKIN NICOLE LAKIN: 0/0/31.246

4 S & L PYLOS ANNABELLE GUNDLACH POSTAGE STAMP FARM: 0/0/31.928

5 VON DUTCH REID PATTON REID PATTON: 0/0/32.009

6 ISHANA III KELLI CRUCIOTTI SERENITY FARM: 0/0/32.445

7 SUGAR RAY SAMANTHA SCHAEFER JOHN SKINNER: 0/4/30.689

8 THUNDER-BALL ALEESHA MELWANI MOUNTAIN HOME STABLES: 0/8/30.231

Final Results: High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper TFJO, Sponsored by Oasis Petroleum

1 VESUVIUS MEAGAN NUSZ AMALAYA INVESTMENTS: 0/0/29.509

2 DAMASCUS CHLOE REID CHLOE D REID LLC: 0/0/31.900

3 UBICO H GABRIELLE BAUSANO GABRIELLE BAUSANO: 0/0/31.957

4 KACHINA CHARLOTTE JACOBS DEERIDGE FARMS: 0/0/31.971

5 MONSIEUR DU REVERDY VICTORIA COLVIN VICTORIA COLVIN: 0/4/30.920

6 CHELLANDO Z KATHERINE STRAUSS KATHERINE STRAUSS: 4/57.756

7 INDY ASHLEY FOSTER RAF LLC: 4/58.721

8 COSTA EMANUEL ANDRADE HOLLOW CREEK FARM: 4/59.283